Stardust (2007) Movie Review

Stardust is a fabulous film both written and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men First Class). And even more importantly, it’s based on a book by my all-time favorite author, Neil Gaiman. He is best known for his off-kilter and often creepy tales such as Neverwhere and Coraline. This particular work is a bit of a departure from his normal style. I have seen others liken it to works such as The Princess Bride, and I think this is a fair comparison. As is always the case, the film is not a verbatim copy of the book. But I actually really liked the times that the … Continue reading Stardust (2007) Movie Review

Get a Dazzling Look at Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Tales

    Director Raul Garcia (The Lion King, Aladdin) brings together five amazing depictions of some of Poe’s scariest stories and pairs them with voice talent like Christopher Lee, Guillermo Del Toro, and Bela Lugosi (archive). I especially loved using Del Toro to narrate The Pit and the Pendulum because the story takes place during the Spanish Inquisition, and his accent helps add to the setting in a way that just reading it couldn’t.   The Masque of the Red Death always stuck out to me as a reader, and the sumptuous style and rich colors of the animation were spot on. The style of each vignette … Continue reading Get a Dazzling Look at Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic Tales

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Review

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters stars Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy). Plus, one of my favorite character actors, Peter Stormare (Brothers Grimm, among many others). The original story was published in 1812, but with the delightful mish-mash of technology in this adaptation, it is hard to place it in time. Background In the Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel’s evil stepmother convinces their father to abandon them in the woods to avoid starvation. As mean as this sounds, the Grimm boys actually softened the original tale for their collection. Pretty much any time an evil … Continue reading Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) Review